A dry and refreshing sparkling wine made by the traditional method with citrus and zesty flavours.
Established in Riquewihr in 1574, the Dopff family has dedicated itself to the fine art of Alsatian wine for over 13 generations. The 70 hectares of vineyard are situated at 300 metres above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the lower Vosges. A pioneering family, they were responsible for the use of the stemmed wine bottles, which today still distinguish Alsace wines from other regions. In 1900, tenth generation Julien Dopff was so impressed by the Champagne tastings held in Paris, he learnt the art of winemaking in Champagne for two years before returning to Alsace. After WWII Julien Dopff strongly believed that a Crémant made from local grape varieties and reflecting the terroir of Alsace should be produced and protected. In 1976, together with five other producers, he finally obtained official recognition for Crémant d’Alsace as an AOC.
Made from 50% Auxerrois, which is a sibling grape variety of Chardonnay, mainly grown in Alsace. It is an earlier ripener, added to the blend for its low acidity and body. The grapes are mainly sourced from vineyards in the Colmar area. Grown in a light sandy soil, with good drainage, the vines are trained according to the Guyot method. Green harvesting takes place along with meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow.
The grapes were gently crushed and pressed, which was limited to 100 litres of must per 150 kilograms of grapes. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out in stainless steel and glass tanks, while the secondary fermentation took place in the bottle, using the traditional Champagne method. The wine was aged for 18 months in bottle on its lees with automatic riddling using gyropallets. This Crémant D’Alsace is mostly based on a single vintage.
Dry and elegant Crémant, showing hints of quince and white flowers, fine bubbles with good length and weight
Ideal as an apéritif or excellent white fish, sushi, oysters or fresh fruit
Winemaker: Pascal Batot
Sub region: Alsace
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 5
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Formats Available: 75cl
Closure: Mushroom Cork